Lakeville, IN (July 21, 2008) - In the intense 90 degree heat, Scott Maxwell passed James Gue on Lap 86 of the 89-lap Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Grand Sport (GS) race Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, and cruised to a 20.530-second victory on the 2.3-mile track for a podium sweep for the Ford Mustangs. The victory also came in fuel conservation mode, as Maxwell and co-driver Joe Foster had about a lap-and-a-half of fuel left in the tank of the No. 55 Hyper Sport Ford Mustang GT in the caution-free race. Saturday's race marked the first without a caution in a Grand Sport only race since May 13, 2006 at Phoenix International Raceway, when Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly took the victory.
Stopping for the one and only time on Lap 44 - or just short of the race's halfway point - Maxwell again and again cut into Gue's lead until making the winning pass with an inside move on the No. 37 JBS Motorsports Ford Mustang GT. Moments later, Gue made the hard left onto pit road, where he stopped for a splash of fuel. He returned to the track in second, and was never challenged by Dean Martin in the No. 59 Rehagen Racing ROUSH Performance/Valvoline Ford Mustang GT, who finished third.
For Maxwell and co-driver Joe Foster, who combined to lead a race-high 47 laps, it was their second victory of the season, as the pair earned a home track victory for Toronto native Maxwell at Mosport International Raceway last month. Ironically, Saturday's race was Foster's home track victory, as he and the Hyper Sport team are based in Atlanta, about 140 miles to the east.
Gue - who led 40 laps - beat Martin by about eight seconds at the checkered flag. Martin ran in the top five for his entire stint, as co-driver Jack Roush Jr. moved from 11th to third during the first hour-and-a-half of the race. It marked the first time in GS history that Mustangs swept the top-three positions.
Hoosier Racing Tire is proud to be the exclusive racing tire provider for the Koni Challenge racing series. Hoosier serviced the weekend events with the team of: Eriks Bers, Jake Budezielek, Dave Reppert, Rick Sisk, Jeff Yute, Product Manager: Scott Huffer and Engineer: Matt Marlow.
The KONI Challenge Series resumes action Aug. 10 in a Grand Sport/Street Tuner combined race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.